The third meeting of Culture Next. Candidate Cities Network, took place on October, 1st and 2nd, 2018, in Aveiro, Portugal. While the first meetings of the network, that took place in Cluj-Napoca, aimed to establish the network’s profile and priority areas, the current meeting aims to focus more on creating concrete collaborations and build a space for exchange and collective work between the members. Also, we take the opportunity for being hosted by Aveiro to focus on local challenges and explore the project that the city is preparing for the bidding process for the Aveiro’s candidacy to the ECoC title in 2027. The conference includes working sessions, networking and membership activities, as well as a programme dedicated to exploring the local scene, as you will see in the agenda.